Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 70000 at LMS Sports Arena
today. Vilmos Pálinkó
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Fabien Ferry
and Francesc Cardona
Everyone was excited about the upcoming Lisboa
derby and the crowd was divided evenly.
Mira-Sintra started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Gallou - Raimundes, Blockeel, Seefelde - Herrera, Bixhaj, Baykul, Monsaraz, Gaitán - Damgaard, Niskasaari.
Portela had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Esteves Marques - Traenkle, Herculano, Green - Kubiński, Calejo, Antunes, Costa Amaral, Bellini - Arega, Ambryszewski.
After 21 minutes, T. Damgaard
came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 1 - 0, giving Mira-Sintra the lead.
could have increased the lead after 22 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Portela had a chance to level the score as Z. Kubiński
suddenly found himself free in the middle of the box with only the keeper to beat, but he misjudged the finish, and only managed to hit the bar.
There was concern in the stands when, at the 38 minute mark, Portela's P. Bellini
hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch.
Always a threat, A. Herrera
tore past his marker and placed the ball right at the feet of the waiting A. Niskasaari
who should have easily scored for Mira-Sintra, but the ball went wide.
After 41 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by A. Niskasaari
might have resulted in another goal for Mira-Sintra. However, S. Esteves Marques
made a spectacular save.
Mira-Sintra's R. Seefelde
was shown a yellow card after 42 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
1 - 0 was the halftime score.
Mira-Sintra claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 53 percent.
Mira-Sintra solidified their lead at the 49 minute mark, as T. Blockeel
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 2 - 0.
The visitors' right side was dangerous today; S. Calejo
made the home team's keeper look foolish as he easily reduced the lead to make it 2 - 1 53 minutes into the match.
The Portela coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy.
The Portela players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the Portela manager used a brief break in play after 72 minutes to give the players new directives.
With 77 minutes played, the visitors almost levelled the score. W. Traenkle
shot a hard curved free kick, striking the post.
The visiting team's S. Antunes
was able to score the 2 - 2 equaliser with a header 79 minutes into the match, after some good work on the right.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Mira-Sintra, with 53 percent of the ball.
As neither team had managed to win, extra time was called.
has acquired a talent for predicting the movements of the opposing defence over the years and this almost resulted in a goal 94 minutes into the match.
After 102 minutes, the defensive line of Portela created a counterattack through the middle that gave P. Bellini
a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
After extra time, the game was still tied and a penalty shoot-out ensued.
Mira-Sintra's A. Herrera
cockily booted the ball with a short-and-fast instep. The penalty, going just wide of the mark, didn't produce a goal.
Portela's W. Traenkle
kept his cool as he faced down A. Gallou
. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 2 - 3.
Mira-Sintra's E. Baykul
didn't hesitate but S. Esteves Marques
managed the save, resulting in an unchanged 2 - 3 score.
Portela's B. Green
coolly put the ball past A. Gallou
. 2 - 4.
Mira-Sintra's N. Monsaraz
showed he has nerves of steel when it comes to penalties, easily changing the score to 3 - 4.
Portela's S. Antunes
was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 3 - 5!
The crowd was awed by T. Damgaard
's finely placed shot for Mira-Sintra making it 4 - 5.
Portela's L. Herculano
drove the ball hard to the corner but couldn't get it past the outstretched arm of A. Gallou
. The score remains 4 - 5.
Mira-Sintra's T. Blockeel
made no mistake. S. Esteves Marques
didn't have a chance. 5 - 5.
Portela's P. Arega
penalty shot was very well placed but A. Gallou
went the right way, blocking it spectacularly. The score was still 5 - 5.
There aren't many players that have the cheek to take a penalty like that! Mira-Sintra's A. Niskasaari
showed he was one of them, as he made it 6 - 5.
A confident P. Bellini
of Portela put the ball right where he wanted, but A. Gallou
was right there for the save. No goal.
The most dominating Mira-Sintra player was without a doubt A. Niskasaari
On the other hand, G. Gaitán
's play was disheartening.
Portela's best player was P. Arega
However, B. Green
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 6 - 5.